Braves, Hudson trying to halt four-game losing streak

Tim Hudson is 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA in two starts with the beard

Tim Hudson is 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA in two starts with the beard

(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien today.)

In case you don’t know it by now, or are going by your magnetic schedule, today’s game is not at 4:10 anymore. Fox dropped it. So go out and spend some quality time with someone you care about and come back around at 7:10.

Or just hang out with lowly types like me who have to work on a Saturday, and stay on the blog.

In case you didn’t know it Part II, the Phillies won last night on a 12th inning game-winning hit by Placido Polanco to score Jimmy Rollins. This was after Brad Lidge balked in the trying run with the bases loaded to blow a save in the ninth. For the first time in 10 days where both teams played, the Braves finally gave ground. Their lead in the NL East is down to two games.

The Phillies just snapped their four-game losing streak, the Braves could use a little of the same. They’ve got the guy going tonight they’d probably hand pick for the occasion in Tim Hudson. Even he was a little wobbly out in Colorado (four runs in six innings), but he’s been good after a loss.

Hudson has won each of his last four starts when pitching after a Braves loss: there was the 8-0 win over the Padres July 22, a win at Washington July 28, an Aug. 2 win over Johan Santana and the Mets following back-to-back Braves losses in Cincinnati, and eight shutout innings in a win on Aug. 7 against the Giants.

For the season, Hudson is 6-2 in games after the Braves lost. (And yes, he’s failed to win his past two starts since he started sporting a beard. I only saw him out of the corner of my eye last night, while talking to Tommy Hanson, so I’m not sure if it’s gone. We’ll have to see.)

The Marlins are pitching Ricky Nolasco, who isn’t exactly a pushover. He leads the Marlins in wins (14) and beat Hudson in a 3-2 win July 4.

Nolasco was scratched from his last start and a question mark for tonight’s start with a torn medial meniscus in his right knee, which will probably require surgery after the season.

He actually injured it tying his shoe, from what I read (For real?!). But he’s passed all his tests this week to get back out on the mound, including PFPs (pitcher’s fielding practice). You still might see the Braves try to drop some bunts on him and see how he holds up while fielding his position.

The Braves have a hard time seeing Nolasco in general; he’s had double digit strikeouts in two of his past three starts against them – 11 on July 4, and 16 last Sept. 30.

Rough vs. NL East

After last night’s 7-1 loss, the season series with the Marlins is even at 5-5. The Braves are really not getting it done against division opponents. They’re at 23-22 against the NL East for the year, including 5-6 against the Mets, 7-5 against the Phillies and 6-6 against the Nationals. This team has 27 of its next 34 games to finish out the season against the NL East. Better figure a way. (Their only games left outside the division are three at Pittsburgh and four at home against the Cardinals.)

A good place to start would be keeping Dan Uggla in the yard. For his career, Uggla has hit 22 home runs in 81 games against Atlanta. He’s hit four off Braves pitching this year in 10 games, including one of four home runs against Hanson last night.

Hinske struggles

Just had a look at Eric Hinske’s splits, and it’s pretty obvious, the drop-off he’s going through.….He hit .308 in April, .339 in May, .260 in June, .212 in July and through Friday night’s game is hitting only .116 in August (5-for-43).

Given that Troy Glaus is showing signs of offensive life in Gwinnett (hitting .421, 8-for-19 through five games) and has played error-free for the last few games, maybe the Braves do try Glaus for a couple of games at third, put Martin Prado back at second and move Omar Infante out to left. They’ll have some options anyway. But Glaus isn’t eligible to come off the disabled list until Thursday.

I know Prado looked last night like he was in a good bit of pain in his pinky finger after making that throw on a Brad Davis slow roller. Maybe he’d still rather stay at third to try to protect the finger from all the action you get with double plays at second base. We’ll just have to see how this plays out.

Jones on third base

I’m not sure why I even thought I needed to address this, with the obvious emergence of Freddie Freeman, Mr. Heir Apparent at first base. But I thought I read some questions on twitter and/or the blog about whether Jones would try to make his comeback from knee surgery at first base. The answer is no.

“I’ve never played over there,” Jones said. “I’m a left side of the infield guy. I’m just going to rehab like I’m going to go play third and if we’ve got to make adjustments, we make adjustments.”

It’s hard to imagine what those adjustments would be, unless there was some unforeseen injury. But we’ve seen from Glaus, that a conversion to first base is not as simple as many make it out to be. And with Freeman ready to bust out, it would seem unnecessary.

“I’ve said all along I’m going to play third until somebody in this organization proves to me they’re better than me,” Jones said.

“As long as I feel like I’m the best third baseman in this organization, that’s where I want to be. Then when somebody comes along and proves that to me, I’ll either move to another spot or ride off into the sunset.”

OK, more from the ballpark in a couple of hours.

1,370 comments Add your comment

Travis

August 28th, 2010
1:20 pm

Enter your comments here

Bartholomew (Bat) Masterson

August 28th, 2010
1:28 pm

Still raining

Wayne in Utah

August 28th, 2010
1:28 pm

I’m taking the liberty to repost from the end of the last blog. And for the Escobar fans, his line in Toronto is 280/340/385 w/ 3 HR’s and 12 RBI’s. AND, 5 errors.

McFann

Your guy sure looked good in that last game in Colorado. Don’t worry about Brian, he will get his fair share of hits. Guys don’t just forget how to hit. Sometimes they get cold for a while, but when you have played as many games as he has played, he will come back

I will NEVER understand the mentality of some fans here, who will take 1 game and bash away without looking at the big picture. I am guessing it is the age of instant information and instant gratification. I don’t know how else to explain it. I refer to them as BFF’s. (Braves/Baseball Fantasy Fans) They look at REAL baseball in the same terms they look at their fantasy leagues.

In April, this team lost 5 series; though two were 2 game series’. Since the first of May, the Braves have lost 6 series total; swept in 2! Every time we lose a series, the doom and gloom begins on the blog. Heck sometimes after we lose a single GAME the doom and gloom starts on the blog.

One thing I have noticed is our ability to come from behind and win. At all 3 games in Colorado, I am sitting there in the 9th inning fully expecting my team to rally. This group of guys WILL rally again. Our starters have pitched so much better than their records, which is a reflection of how the offense sputters and then finally gets uncorked later in the game. It is very telling when our bullpen has a 26-13 record.

And now that he is retired, folks seem to forget the many times that John Smoltz frustrated the fan base with his up and down performance. Let’s cut Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens a little bit of slack, can we?

Go Braves!

Wayne in Utah

August 28th, 2010
1:29 pm

Bat

You make a lousy weatherman!

:lol:

Bartholomew (Bat) Masterson

August 28th, 2010
1:30 pm

You’re right Wayne………. I’m all wet

cdog

August 28th, 2010
1:33 pm

BOBBY COX IS TRYING HIS BEST TO LET THE PHILLIES WIN THE EAST.HE HAS REVERTED BACK TO HIS OLD DRINKING BUDDY MENTALITY OF PLAYING HIS BUDDIES TO TRY AND KEEP THEM HAPPY.IT SHOULD BE ABOUT THE TEAM IN GENERAL BUT NOT IN COX’S EYES.HE KEEP PLAYING PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT PRODUCING.HE CAN’T WORRY ABOUT SOMEONE GETTING MAD.HE SHOULD HAVE THE TOUGH TITTY MENTALITY.ITS SHOULD BE ABOUT WINNING THE WORLD SERIES INSTEAD OF KEEPING PLAYERS HAPPY.THE BRAVES HAVE TOO GOOD OF A TEAM TO BE LOSING TO THE LIKES OF THE COLORADO ROCKIES AND FLORIDA MARLINS.ITS COX’S FAULT.HE’S DELIBERATELY TRYING TO BLOW THE BRAVES LEAD.

Greenville to Baton Rouge

August 28th, 2010
1:35 pm

Thanks for sharing, cdog.

Brava

August 28th, 2010
1:38 pm

cdog, it sounds like you’re the one who’s drinking. BTW, you do realize that posting in all caps is akin to screaming, right? Are you that desperate for attention?

I am curious, though, since you accuse Bobby Cox of playing his buddies and people that are not producing. Who would you play and where?

J-Man

August 28th, 2010
1:39 pm

Somebody left the CAPS button on

McFann Ô Ô

August 28th, 2010
1:40 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!

Wayne Your guy sure looked good in that last game in Colorado.

For sure!

Don’t worry about Brian, he will get his fair share of hits. Guys don’t just forget how to hit. Sometimes they get cold for a while, but when you have played as many games as he has played, he will come back

I knnnow that…but I always—well, maybe not always…last two years, mostly—panic at this time of year because the season is almost over. And this year, I dunno…he had something going in July, but the other months…nothing really EYE popping, per se…at least the team’s in first place!

I’m gonna be truthful here…had the whole vision thing never gone down, I don’t think I would be nearly so knee-jerky. I want to work on correcting that mentality…

Gotta agree with the rest of your post!

Gary O

August 28th, 2010
1:41 pm

Somebody said this on the other blog, And I agree with them.

What about a minor shuffle in the lineup order? Let heyward hit third, and move Prado back to #2.

Brava

August 28th, 2010
1:44 pm

I agree with Heyward hitting third, now that his slump appears to be over. I’d really like to see Prado back at leadoff, though and Infante batting second.

McFann Ô Ô

August 28th, 2010
1:45 pm

I don’t believe it…McFanned!

You there, Ease…?

Donny Corleone

August 28th, 2010
1:46 pm

Has Hudson shaved his beard? The game will hinge on the razor.

RaleighDawg

August 28th, 2010
1:46 pm

Then it’s time for the Chipster to ride off into the sunset…he hasn’t been the best third baseman in the organization for quite a long while…adios.

Donny Corleone

August 28th, 2010
1:47 pm

Everybody knows that beards will sap your strength.

Bartholomew (Bat) Masterson

August 28th, 2010
1:47 pm

Tisk Tisk McFann

Sophee

August 28th, 2010
1:47 pm

McFanned, yet again.

jeffrey d

August 28th, 2010
1:48 pm

On the bus ride to the meet this morning, I noticed a dry-cleaning place called “Martinizing”

http://www.martinizing.com/

jeffrey d

August 28th, 2010
1:49 pm

I hope that’s where Prado takes his dry cleaning

Donny Corleone

August 28th, 2010
1:49 pm

Dry cleaning won’t get out pine tar.

Steve

August 28th, 2010
1:50 pm

CDOG, you are a moron. Your post is ridiculous. I assure you Cox is doing his best to see that the Braves win the division. I am pretty sure he knows a heck of a lot more then you do when it comes to managing a baseball team (#4 all time in wins in case you forgot).

Sophee

August 28th, 2010
1:50 pm

They should change their name to Marteeeeenizing. They’d make more $$$.

jeffrey d

August 28th, 2010
1:51 pm

Everybody knows that beards will sap your strength.

Then explain to me how McCann started stinking as soon as he shaved his beard earlier this season. hmmm?

jeffrey d

August 28th, 2010
1:51 pm

They should also get Brooks Conrad as their spokesman. If they can get the stains of a hard day’s grit out, they can get anything out.

Donny Corleone

August 28th, 2010
1:52 pm

The way of the beard is sometimes a confounding thing.

BravesQueen (aka Dee)

August 28th, 2010
1:52 pm

Yes, they showed Hudson last night. He was clean-shaven. Maybe he shaved off the bad luck karma we’ve seemed to have since he grew it in.

RaleighDawg

August 28th, 2010
1:53 pm

Gotta agree with Cdog….anytime a major league team blows a 9 run lead, you have to pin that loss is on the manager. How does he not pull JJ and what are those other guys for down in the bullpen ?

This reminds me of a few years back when Bobby always went to Reitsma and after the inevitable blown save Bobby would say “there’s nothing wrong with him – he’s just been overused”…guess you really can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Donny Corleone

August 28th, 2010
1:54 pm

The beard and the mojo are the Yin and the Yang.

jeffrey d

August 28th, 2010
1:54 pm

Hudson’s bad luck had nothing to do with the beard. And I for one am upset that he shaved it. tisk tisk

cabravesfan

August 28th, 2010
1:55 pm

The beard is gone y’all…it was gone yesterday

Donny Corleone

August 28th, 2010
1:55 pm

We must fear as long as Bobby uses “Kerosene” Kyle Farnsworth.

Donny Corleone

August 28th, 2010
1:56 pm

On the other hand, Huddy is letting his back hair grow back.

Will

August 28th, 2010
1:57 pm

A few days ago I posted that the next 6 games would tell the story of who would win the division and who would or would not be wild card. I stated that at the end of those 6 games (Colorado/Florida) who was in first would most likely win the division. It is possible that neither Atl or Phil will make the wild card if the others keep gaining ground as they have the last few days. It is still possible for Florida to win the division or the wild card. They are on a roll. Just sayin!

Salty Dawg

August 28th, 2010
1:57 pm

Then explain to me how McCann started stinking as soon as he shaved his beard earlier this season. hmmm?

It’s not that simple. Beards don’t sap your strength if you are a “beard guy”. When a non-beard guy grows a beard it’s like kryptonite. Likewise, a “beard guy” that shaves loses his source of power. So it’s really best that we don’t disrupt the facial hair continuum.

Donny Corleone

August 28th, 2010
1:58 pm

The faster the beard grows the slower time passes.

Donny Corleone

August 28th, 2010
2:00 pm

This is why ZZ Topp concerts last so long.

jeffrey d

August 28th, 2010
2:00 pm

Thanks for the explanation, Salty. Beardsmanship is a mystifying thing

Greenville to Baton Rouge

August 28th, 2010
2:02 pm

Then explain to me how McCann started stinking as soon as he shaved his beard earlier this season. hmmm?

Because Bobby Cox only plays his drinking buddies.

mama don't let me stayin the basement no more

August 28th, 2010
2:02 pm

Ok so you say someone saw Hudson without the bad luck beard … Great then I’ll watch the game tonight. haven’t won a game since he sported that thing. The gods know little short bald people can’t wear a beard.. it’s just not right.. .

BravesQueen (aka Dee)

August 28th, 2010
2:04 pm

jeffrey d

August 28th, 2010
1:54 pm
Hudson’s bad luck had nothing to do with the beard. And I for one am upset that he shaved it. tisk tisk

Now, now Jeffrey…I didn’t say Huddy’s beard caused HIS bad luck. I said “the team’s” bad luck KARMA. Tsk, tsk.

McFann Ô Ô

August 28th, 2010
2:04 pm

Bat M., Sopheeee

Yep. Hard to get people to pay attention to your “point” when they’re distracted by the unnatural style of the font…

Salty Dawg Likewise, a “beard guy” that shaves loses his source of power. So it’s really best that we don’t disrupt the facial hair continuum.

I agree. :P

Brava

August 28th, 2010
2:04 pm

Well, I don’t agree with cdog. Anytime a team blows a nine-run lead, I pin it on the team. Now that does include the manager, but unlike some, I do not hold him solely responsible for the loss. After all, he’s not the one out on the field executing the plays.

Further, I find blaming any move a manager makes as the cause of a loss, rather simplistic thinking. Baseball is a game of unknowns and unexpected outcomes. The pitcher that walks in with a 8-plus ERA can pitch a shutout game, just as easily as Albert Pujols can strike out with the bases loaded in the last at bat of the ninth inning. Second-guessing a HOF-bound manager may give some a perverse sense of righteousness, but I’m not one of them.

TTTT-Thumbody Thed Thats Thupid

August 28th, 2010
2:05 pm

The beard has nothing to do with it. Everyone should know that “strength” lies in long hair. Remember Samson and Delilah. He lost his strength when she cut his hair. Beards are for “macho” effect only. Stick with me, you will learn something. Manliness 101 dismissed!

jeffrey d

August 28th, 2010
2:05 pm

The gods know little short bald people can’t wear a beard

I dare you to say that to George Costanza’s face

http://assets.espn.go.com/media/motion/2009/0703/DM_090703_Poker_JasonAlexander.jpg

Will

August 28th, 2010
2:05 pm

agree about potentially moving heyward to 3rd and prado to leadoff or 2nd. Heyward the way he is hitting right now would serve the lineup a little better batting 3rd.

Doc Holiday

August 28th, 2010
2:07 pm

Wayne,

The Offense is weak, they know how to get on base but they dont have any power at all. This team has 10 more HR(as a team) and they would be 6 games ahead of the phillies……….as easy as that.

Coach (2011 or Bust)

August 28th, 2010
2:10 pm

I gotta say it one more time……

SEVENTY-EIGHT STRAIGHT GAMES and we are still in first place.

But just two games separate us from the defending NL Champion Phillies. It’s put up or shut up time. Win or go home. Do or die.

I hate to be negative but the obvious needs to be pointed out. At 89 games our Braves were 53-36 and 17 games over .500, and almost 40 (39 contests) games later our Braves are 18 games over .500 That’s almost a month and a half of some very mediocre baseball.

Our Braves have to decide whether or not they have what it takes to succeed in the post season because they are on pace for 90 wins and that just won’t get it done.

ippississiM

August 28th, 2010
2:11 pm

On Twitter, some Marlins reporter posted an article on Nolasco playing through his knee injury. Turns out, the doctor who advised him to keep playing is Jeff Loria’s nephew! How dumb do you have to be to trust a doc with such an obvious conflict of interest? I bet Nolasco also buys stuff from late-night infomercials, and plans on investing his retirement savings in an MLM. Geez. I just hope he can still walk once they ruin his career. Hate for him to have to play slot machines from the seat of a Rascal scooter.

DaveinNEPA

August 28th, 2010
2:13 pm

That DOB fella gets more time off than I do and I’m retired!!

Donny Corleone

August 28th, 2010
2:13 pm

My retirement is in commerorative plates. I’m set for life.

McFann Ô Ô

August 28th, 2010
2:13 pm

jeffrey d I dare you to say that to George Costanza’s face

Why would you wanna say anything other than “Pig!” to his face?

Donny Corleone

August 28th, 2010
2:15 pm

Didn’t get the spelling right. Sorry. Commemorative?

Donny Corleone

August 28th, 2010
2:17 pm

Anyway, Elvis is on them.

Doc Holiday

August 28th, 2010
2:17 pm

Coach,

Baseball = offense + defense + pitching

Id say mediocre offense and defense describes it better.

Donny Corleone

August 28th, 2010
2:18 pm

Gotta go cut the grass and slop the hogs.

jeffrey d

August 28th, 2010
2:18 pm

Anyway, Elvis is on them.

Andrus?

jeffrey d

August 28th, 2010
2:19 pm

That DOB fella gets more time off than I do and I’m retired!!

You work 8 or 9 days straight in your retirement? Sounds rough

Donny Corleone

August 28th, 2010
2:20 pm

What’s this moderation stuff?

Carroll Rogers

August 28th, 2010
2:27 pm

Thanks cabravesfan, for picking me up on the beard beat.

74years

August 28th, 2010
2:30 pm

Carroll Your paper is as screwed up as the Braves – You write much better than O’Brien and from the pitures you look a 100% better – O’Brien should be filling in for you on your days off

Carroll Rogers

August 28th, 2010
2:33 pm

it’s Tommy Hanson’s bday today. He’s 24. Hopefully it’ll be a happier day for him than yesterday.

cabravesfan

August 28th, 2010
2:33 pm

Carroll-

my pleasure :)

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

August 28th, 2010
2:36 pm

In the immortal words of David Ferry, Hanson is an enigma wrapped in a riddle.

How can a guy so good, occasionally be so bad. When Tommy has an off night, he leaves no doubt, it’s an industrial-size stinker.

He might have a galfriend taking him on an emotional rollercoaster for all we know.. Hard to pitch when you’re thankin’ bout Dassie-Mae — on the prowl while you’re on the mound. She could be layin-up in a Hotel watching him on TV, Bo-Jay by her side.

Could just be intermittent yips in his mechanics though, who knows?

Tomahawkin

August 28th, 2010
2:36 pm

“Get Out The WAAAYYYY! Pretty Boy Coming Through! Me And My Crew! We Swaggin In The Room!”

Whats Up All…?

jeffrey d

August 28th, 2010
2:36 pm

Carroll Your paper is as screwed up as the Braves

Wait, so the AJC is in first place?? Congrats DOB, Carroll, and co.!!

Chop Chop

August 28th, 2010
2:37 pm

Happy birthday, Tommy. Thanks for ruining our season yesterday. :cry:

Tomahawkin

August 28th, 2010
2:43 pm

Looks Like I am gonna go to the Game Later, despite what I said last night

Once Again I will be at The Terrace Level Patio Area of The Chophouse On the Railing Of The “Thanks Bobby” Sign…OK Its Time Bump That T.I. “Top Back Remix” and start getting Tuned Up…!

“I Like My Beat Down Low, and my Top Let Back!” Those Horns in that song Rule!

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

August 28th, 2010
2:46 pm

I don’t give a damn, about any trumpet-playing band, that ain’t what I call rock and roll..

jeffrey d

August 28th, 2010
2:48 pm

I like how the first comment on this blog is “Enter your comments here” by Travis.

And how Travis never reattempted to post his thoughts. “Ahh, screw it!”

jeffrey d

August 28th, 2010
2:49 pm

Good call Turnip….love that song

cdog

August 28th, 2010
2:50 pm

SORRY STEVE YOU AND BRAVA, THATS JUST THE WAY IT IS.I CALL A SPADE A SPADE.I CALL IT AS IT IS.BOBBY COX IS BLOWING IT.UNLESS HE CHANGES HIS WAY OF THINKING AND MANAGING AND PLAY HIS BEST REGARDLESS OF HOW THEY FEEL, THE BRAVES WILL MISS THE PLAYOFFS

Let's Just Say

August 28th, 2010
2:50 pm

IF the Braves win the division and get swept out in the first round will you:

A. Start the orgasmic wailing usually associated with The Greenville Braves of the early 90’s and be JUST SO ecstatic about putting another banner up in left field.

OR

B. Will you realize it’s still the same old same old??

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

August 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

jeffrey d

“I like how the first comment on this blog is “Enter your comments here” by Travis.

And how Travis never reattempted to post his thoughts. “Ahh, screw it!””

Maybe Travis just wanted a response to his lack of commentary.

Mission accomplished. WTG Travis!

Peter

August 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

How many errors do we make toady..anybody want to take bets ?

I say just ONE because Hudson pitches pretty deliberately…….but hey we have chubby Cabrera in center…..that is always good for a few slipping into the gap and going to the wall.

I kind of feel bad for Hudson today, with the outfield D he has to pitch with.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

August 28th, 2010
2:56 pm

Love it too, jeffrey d, classic.

Peter

August 28th, 2010
2:59 pm

Hey cdog……with the records of all the other division leaders……. the Braves will play an away series ” IF” they get into the playoffs………

So they probably loose and get eliminated quickly……their record states…..they can’t win consistency on the road.

Anybody know if the Braves have won more than a couple away series this year ?

Have they won more road series than they have been swept on the road ?

fredi is next

August 28th, 2010
3:04 pm

Hanson is starting to scare me. I’m having flashes of Kyle Davies, Chuck James and Damien Ross – great in their first season, not so great after that…

Travis

August 28th, 2010
3:06 pm

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans…I freaked out when there weren’t any comments above me. I folded under the pressure of being first and having to set the tone for the entire blog for now until eternity. So I thought…lets just see if anyone notice. Ya got me.

fredi is next

August 28th, 2010
3:06 pm

cdog is obviously baiting everyone with outragous comments… lets ignore so he won’t get the attention he craves… and so he can go back to the Falcons blog and demand Mike Vick back…

UKUGA

August 28th, 2010
3:06 pm

The Phillies are awake.

It’s time to start winning again.

Go Braves!

Tomahawkin

August 28th, 2010
3:08 pm

Hanson is having a Sophmore Slump, So what…

It happened to Glavine as well among others…Hanson has way better composure than Damien Moss, Kyle Davies, Chuck James etc…

Travis

August 28th, 2010
3:09 pm

Anyone notice that the 95 mph velocity is not there on Hanson like at the beginning of the season? It’s like he tries to establish the fast ball early but there isn’t enough giddyup to blow it past em. Some fatigue likely setting in.

Chop Chop

August 28th, 2010
3:12 pm

Hanson’s got a .322 BABIP this year. He had a .280 BABIP last year. Luck hasn’t been on his side quite as much this season. He should be fine.

Huddy’s BABIP is at .243. Luck has really been on his side this season.

Lew

August 28th, 2010
3:15 pm

The Braves’ record in series isn’t quite as bad as one might think. For the season, they’ve won 9 series, lost 11 and tied one. The swept the Brewers in one and were swept by both the White Sox and the Rockies.

In April, their record was one series won and three lost – so since April, they’ve gone 8-8-1.

Lew

August 28th, 2010
3:15 pm

That’s Road Series, of course.

Tomahawkin

August 28th, 2010
3:15 pm

What Sucks Is I’m Only 5-4 when I go to the Games and we’ve dominated at home…

Lew

August 28th, 2010
3:18 pm

Travis-He has pletnty of heat. His problem has been comand and consistency. He’s throwing hard enough, but when you leave the pitch up[ like he was last night, they’re going to tee off on it. When he settled down in the 4th, he had lots of juice, but he was putting it where he wanted to. Dude needs mechanical consistency, that’s all.

Brava

August 28th, 2010
3:19 pm

Tomahawkin, I was at the game Carol referenced in the article on the 4th of July. The one where Huddy lost to Nolasco. Sure hope today turns out differently.

I’m 5-2 for games attended this year.

Lew

August 28th, 2010
3:19 pm

And he needs to establish that command in the first inning and not wait until the third and later.

Tomahawkin

August 28th, 2010
3:19 pm

@Travis

Good Point!

Brava

August 28th, 2010
3:20 pm

Carroll, oops!

Braves86

August 28th, 2010
3:24 pm

Tonight is the night the Braves get it on track. I just hope Lowe will follow it up tomorrow. We just need a win to get us over this lil hump.

Papadawg

August 28th, 2010
3:27 pm

Same old B Cox, he wears out his bullpen and then they pitch like they are pitching now

Eric from MO

August 28th, 2010
3:27 pm

Tomahawkin, could be worse. Only games I went to was the St. Louis series. 0-4 in the midst of our nine game losing streak.

Eric from MO

August 28th, 2010
3:30 pm

What does wearing out the bullpen have to do with Tommy having two bad starts?

raleighbravefan

August 28th, 2010
3:32 pm

Time for the guys to step up. Last 2 weeks or so have been somewhat disappointing. On the other hand, we are still in first place – Who among you would have really predicted first place by 2 games on August 28 at the beginning of the season, much less the end of April? – And we seem to be set up for a good run for at least several years to come. No one can win it all every year, but you hope to have a chance every year.
Of 30 teams, how many have that hope, realistically. And if you are the Yankees Red Sox, and now Phillies, you EXPECT to win it all every year, which you cannot, no matter what you spend. Mets spend, but still suck every year. What if you were a fan of them?
Then there are some teams who have NO realistic hope – you know the ones – Baltimore, Pittsburg, Oakland, Cleveland, Kansas City, etc, etc. That must SUCK.
Am I happy that we missed the playoffs the last several years. Hell, no.Will I be happy if we make the playoffs, and then gone in round one? No, again. I want to win it all like everyone. One team wins, 29 don’t. I want to be able to feel that we have a CHANCE to be that 1 team every year. Right now I feel that way for now and the forseeable future.

cdog

August 28th, 2010
3:34 pm

NO FREDI IS BACK, i have been a brave fan since 1966.every rare chance i see to get to the world series i hate to see it blown. i feel bobby cox can remedy a lot of the teams problems with common sense.something sometimes he exhibits he’s lacking.as a leader, you have to put forth your best troops whether you like them or not.you can’t let emotion determine how you are going to manage.yes, i feel as though the pressures of the pennant race is getting to him.if the leader is not strong how can the followers be successful? yes,i maybe lacking attention but the attention needed is for cox to wake up and start to be the manager i know he can be.right now thats not happening.and also, yes i am a michael vick fan but we are talking baseball now and cox is not getting the job done.no one cares about where he ranks now or how many wins he has.iys about winning now that counts.the phillies, reds, cardinals and giants can care less about his wins.their only concern is to win it all, something cox should be concern with instead of trying to keep players happy and playing his drinking buddies.

Tomahawkin

August 28th, 2010
3:36 pm

Time To head to the Game…

Huddy Goes 7 strong tonight “Bank On It…Its the Awfense that worries me…! Speaking of that I need to go to the ATM…

raleighbravefan

August 28th, 2010
3:37 pm

Bobby haters – “Bobby wears out his bullpen”
“Bobby is a fool if he ever uses Farnsworth (or insert whatever name you wish)”
“Bobby leaves in his starters too long when they struggle. That’s what the bullpen is
for”
Which is it? Can’t be both. (unless you just WANT to complain)

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